Govt hosting jobs summit on moving to digital economy

The Government will today host a special 'Future Jobs' summit to examine labour market issues, including new technology, transition to a low carbon economy and workers' skills.

The seminar will involve consultation between Government ministers, including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and 160 stakeholders with a role to play in job creation.

With unemployment down from a peak of 16.1% to 5.1%, 'Future Jobs' will shift the focus from getting people back to work, to creating sustainable jobs that can embrace new technologies.

The multi-year strategy will examine how to exploit innovation and technological change in moving to a digital economy - vital given a recent OECD study estimated a 46% probability that the average worker's job would be automated by the 2030s.

More than 57% of Irish adults have minimal or no computer or technology skills, so boosting those skills will be crucial.

While overall productivity is high in Ireland, many indigenous smaller firms lag behind, putting their competitiveness at risk.

Labour market participation will be promoted both through employment and entrepreneurship, by removing barriers to people returning to the workforce.

The summit will also assess how enterprises can best adapt to succeed in a low carbon economy, when the transition to low carbon is expensive in the short term.

It will also factor in international developments like Brexit.

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